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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Ghajini...

Just read the review of Rab ne... by my dear friend Purnima and figured I should write about Ghajini... After all this has to be the first movie I saw on the very second day of release... Warning.. big time spoilers ahead.. Also I am not so good at narrating... so might be boring as well...

Short version:
Boy falls for girl... Girl falls for boy... Girl killed by Ghajini (won't say villain since then you won't know why the movie is called that)... Boy gets short term memory loss in the scuffle and ends up avenging his girl friend's death...


Long version:
The movie begins with 2-3 medical students finding the records of a guy and try to find out more about him from their prof... One of these females is Jiah Khan (Did anyone know this already... I was shocked to see her name... I had figured she had gone back to wherever she was before Nishabd)... Getting back... the prof hears out the students and immediately pulls the bio of the guy 'Sanjay Singhania' on his computer a temporary memory loss case who lost his memory (how no one knows 'cept that someone had hit him in his head)... After every 15 minutes his head is a blank board... Just like a child he remembers stuff by repeating everything or writing everything says doc... Poor guy.. I wonder where he is now, says Sunita (Jiah)...

And guess where he is... he is out killing someone... we find him throwing someone across the room and then holding him in a stranglehold while he pulls out a metal tap which was stuck way in the wall (how he gets super strength is beyond me... I mean I doubt even professional wrestlers would be able to yank out taps with that much ease)... and drives it in the stomach of the guy... As Nishanth and I waited for Aamir to turn the tap and the blood to drip fron the tap, Shraddha sat glued to the screen while some people in the theatre snickered and others oohed and aahed... yeah whatever... And then suddenly the vengeful look is gone from his face and he looks at the dead guy while something beeps... That something turns out to be a poloraid which we learn beeps every 15 minutes and he takes pics of everything around him... (How he remembers to take pics... don't ask) He looks for the dead guys belongings and finds the number of 'Ghajini'... Obviously he remembers its Ghajini he is after and the dead guy is just a pawn...

With the help of pics (he remembers) are in his pockets he ends up at his home and opening the door he follows labels to place his wallet, camera, photos and lot of other stuff... And then he crashes for the night... Morning brings him back to consciousness (I didn't hear the beep of the camera during this time but maybe I wasn't paying enough attention)... Off he goes to the bathroom... There next to the tap is written.. Remove T-shirt.. We all know what's written here... KILL GHAJINI... KALPANA IS KILLED... well everything as mirror image... of course... he can't read it backwards... duh!!! Though he can tattoo himself backwards... He goes mad with rage... reminding you of a caged beast... Well there you go... thats how he remembers what to do... the pics remind him whom to kill... how to find his way around...

While he is sleeping the ever attentive police (read good cop) finds a bus ticket... not the crime scene investigators mind you... the good cop... and he finds it under some desk... Off he goes to find out where this ticket was from... The bus station master tells it belongs to someone who had started off from Hiranandani... Ah yes says a conductor this was the guy who had given him a Rs. 500 note for a 10 rupees ticket which is what is written on the back of the ticket by the way... 10/500... the guys keeps forgetting he says... sometimes he forgets to buy tickets... sometimes change and sometimes keeps buying tickets... He can recognise this guy... He takes the cop to the bus stand and our dear protagonist... The bus passes them by and the cop jumps out of the rick he had been relaxing in and runs after the bus... He runs and runs... and catches up with the bus... This can only happen in hindi movies I say... You haven't seen tamil movies have you asks Nishanth.. Shraddha is still glued to the scene unfolding... I decide not to disturb her with my comments...

The cop finds Sanjay... The former attacks him and binds him to a chair and finds a diary for 2005... there begins the story...

Sanjay Singhania... the boy born with a silver spoon... the chairman of Air Voice company... finds out he wants a building for his company which is inhabited by a female 'Kalpana'.. He sends his cronies to find this woman and ask her for this flat... no one knows wh owns it... Now this Kalpana is a nobody model who is one of the background females acting in 'Kite' detergent ad... And the ad director is waiting for her before they start filming the ad... (Com'on she's the lead of the movie... any other movie and she would have been fired for being late/playing pranks but here she plays a major role)... Sanjay's PA comes to talk to her while she is in the makeup room and to convince her about leaving the flat... All the guys outside hear is how she says no to the chairman of Air Voice company and draw the conclusion that the guy has his heart set out on her... yeah well... she finds her opportunity to make it big and pretends it is true... Now this info gets into a magazine and she keeps spinning tales about how they met and so on...

Sanjay on hearing this asks... is her photo in there... no say his cronies... nor is yours... Did I forget to mention there was this interview on CNN about Sanjay Singhania? No one watches TV 'cept for ads... especially who has time for news about the high and mighty businessmen? Right? Well in this movie that is the case... Now people gather at Kalpana's doorstep for her blessing to get an ad... Sanjay comes searching for her... His convoy waits at a traffic signal... I am guessing this is a verrrrrrrrrry long signal assuming how much the story proceeds while they wait... A nun is waiting with some girls who bear crutches and can't cross to the museum because of the ground covered with drain lids... Out of the museum comes a female on a scooty... No points for guessing its Kalpana... She helps the girls and Sanjay is bowled over... Finding she is the Kalpana in question he is even more intrigued... and speechless...

A kind soul with a golden heart, Kalpana helps Sachin (as she thinks is the name of Sanjay) and helps him wet his feet in the ad industry... Life goes on... he falls for her completely but does not reveal his true identity... he proposes to her... she decides she might as well love him in return... (Hmmm for someone who doesn't believe in love... maybe I'll have to make a conscious effort to fall in love someday as well)...

End of year... end of diary and AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Sanjay wakes up from his stupor and hits the cop... the cop is half-dead and no idea what happens to him when Sanjay's PA/manager comes with a doctor for check-up...

Story goes on... Sunita meets him and has him take a pic of her... 'My Friend'... is what the pic says... Sunita finds he is a murderer... finds the cop... Sanjay finds them... He runs after the cop... Sunita runs after him... Cop dies in roadkill... Sunita escapes... She tells 'Ghajini' that this guy is out to kill him who in turn decides to kill Sanjay... And when he realises he is a 'Short term memory' case decides to remove all traces of Sanjay's memory by destroying all evidence by destroying all photos, papers and untattooing all tattoos...

Sunita in the mean time realises she has the diaries... Reads them... Investigates and comes up with the entire tale... Ghajini had killed Sanjay's girlfriend... Yada yada yada... story goes on... she decides to become his memory... brings the diary to the hospital and while he reads both diaries (all in 15 minutes mind you) explains all that had happened where the diary entry ended... She takes him to Ghajini's office and he keeps killing everyone (I still can't figure out whether she keeps reminding him of what happened or whether everything from the start of the diary till now has happened in less than 15 minutes)... Ghajini runs and Sanjay's mind is a blank... Ghajini tries to kill Sanjay... Sanjay kills Ghajini... (What did you expect really that the villain gets off and runs of to Switzerland???)... Why Sanjay didn't die when Ghajini tried to kill him as well is not something I'm trying very hard to find out... let bygones be bygones I say... End of movie... end of my investigation... Though I still wonder... hmmmm

For movie watchers... sure that the movie is really worth only 3 and a half stars or is that because I was commenting through the entire movie... different story... if you haven't watched the tamil original or the english original original Memento...

Reviews:
Asin: Major Over acting... would give Kareena a run for her money... but then she has her lucid moments and is quite good
Aamir: Aah the king/Ikka whatever... good as always
Jiah: Whatever... she had to be in the movie... Her character at least... no overcting... nothing wrong quite good
Movie: Has its moments... lots of loopholes... At points just short of falling into them... At others pretty good... Very few songs... could have been better... not too realistic... one time watch... Go with friends some who love to comment others who love to concentrate on whats happening on the screen... You'll enjoy it one way or the other... won't fall asleep thats for sure...

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posted by Tejaswini Shenoy at 12:22 AM

1 Comments:

yeah!! that saves me some money!!!

AND you are Tagged!

December 28, 2008 at 12:05 PM  

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